MTYP’s new Artist-in-Residence, Herbie Barnes, invites submissions for his upcoming series of intensive workshops on creating plays specifically for young people. An Ontario-based director, writer, actor and teacher, Barnes has worked extensively in television, film and theatre, including numerous engagements with MTYP. The residency, which is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, continues through October 2008. The workshops will be led by Barnes through the support of Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

Up to ten writers will be invited to participate in three development sessions to be held at MTYP in the summer and fall. Participation is invited from both new and emerging writers. The sessions will concentrate on the structure of story and narrative, writing technique, and the distinguishing features of theatre for young audiences (TYA). The final workshop will focus on script development and include collaboration from a professional design and directing team, with the goal of producing draft scripts.

The workshops will be held on the following dates at Manitoba Theatre for Young People: June 10 -20, 2008; August 18-22, 2008; September 22-26, 2008.

Those interested in applying should submit a writing sample (2-3 page piece of fiction) by email to Rose Condo, at MTYP by April 14, 2008. Interviews to select participants will be held from April 21 to 23. For more information, please contact Rose by email or at (204) 947-0394 ext. 234.

MTYP Workshops on Writing for Young Audiences